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Rep. Conyers Calls for Independent Investigation of ICE in Detroit

The Change Takes Courage Campaign today got a push from an invaluable ally: Rep. John Conyers, Jr., the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. Conyers has called for an independent investigation into ICE’s abhorrent behavior in Detroit, calling for accountability and real consequences.

Conyers is asking that an independent entity such as the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General investigate the allegations against the ICE Detroit office.

“The allegations of abuse and legal violations raised by the Alliance for Immigrants Rights & Reform Michigan and media reports should be of concern to all Americans,” said Conyers.  “According to these reports, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have engaged in a pattern of warrantless searches, racial profiling, and unlawful detentions of U.S. citizens and immigrants alike.”

According to the press release from Conyers office, aside from asking an independent agency to investigate, he will also “ask that the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility review the actions of individual officers and supervisory personnel to identify any misconduct and take all appropriate actions. These thorough investigations must look not only into individual instances of misconduct, but also into the alleged pattern of abuses, so that we may uncover any underlying problems at the ICE Detroit Field Office that are at the root of the problem. Real consequences must follow any findings of misconduct.”

His office ends the release with this quote from Conyers: “Parents should not be afraid to take their children to school, people should not be afraid that ICE will enter their homes without a warrant, and U.S. citizens should not be afraid that they will be subjected to racial profiling and unlawfully detained.”

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